Cajun music and Zydeco have long flourished as family affairs.
Dynasties such as Chenier, Balfa, Ardoin, Savoy and Delafose
come quickly to mind Ė and so does the Rubin family. The late
accordionist Alton Rubin (1932 - 1993), better known as Rockiní
Dopsie, fathered four sons who proudly celebrate his Zydeco
legacy today. Three of them Ė David (a.k.a. Dopsie Junior)
Anthony, and Tiger Ė lead the band that now bears the Rockiní
Dopsie name. And Dopsieís son Dwayne fronts his own group, the
aptly named Zydeco Hellraisers, who unleash a supercharged style
that is simultaneously traditional, contemporary, and
With Up In Flames, his fifth album, Dwayne Dopsie emerges at age
thirty as an accomplished and important young Zydeco bandleader.
His deft accompanists, guitarist Shelton Sonnier and saxophonist
Carl Landry, are similarly daring yet equally well-grounded
soloists. The bandís fierce groove is further insured by the
powerful three-man rhythm section of bassist Dion Pierre,
frottoir player Alex MacDonald, and drummer Calvin Sam.
ďIíve been playing since I was four,Ē Dwayne recalls, ďand I
learned by watching my dad. Zydeco is soulful music, itís old
music that you canít teach someone or learn from a book. Iím
glad that I stuck with, and Iíll tell you what Ė I think my dad
would be very proud.Ē